Elicia Maine

Professor, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Academic Director, Invention to Innovation

Elicia Maine’s research interests are in technological innovation and science & technology entrepreneurship. She is most interested in understanding the formation and growth of science-based businesses. Specifically, she studies the commercialization strategy, business models, entrepreneurial decision-making, and knowledge integration practices of entrepreneurs and ventures in the advanced materials, nanomaterials, fuel cell, biotechnology, and nano-biotechnology sectors. >>Faculty Profile

Sarah Lubik

Lecturer, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Sarah Lubik is a lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Beedie, Co-Champion of the Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU Program and was appointed SFU's first Director of Entrepreneurship, aligning, supporting and accelerating entrepreneurship education and early stage incubation at SFU. She is also a mentor at SFU's Venture Connection incubator. >>Faculty Profile.

Clay Braziller


Clay Braziller has a passion for commercializing innovative technologies that have positive social impacts. He has worked with many organizations including; EaglePicher Medical Power, Medtronic, Industry Canada, Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre, Starfish Medical, SFU 4D Labs, Evasc Medical Systems and the Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation. Most recently he was the Director of Healthcare for Tractivity, where he led the launch of a wearable sensor into the US healthcare system. Clay holds a B.Eng and an MBA in International Business (McGill University).

Jon Thomas


Jon Thomas’ research interests are in R&D efficiency, innovation policy, and science-based entrepreneurship in the biotechnology, healthcare and clean energy sectors. He has taught MBAs since 2002, most recently teaching “Managing Technological Innovation” in the Management of Technology MBA (SFU). Jon holds a B.Sc. in Statistics (AMU), MBA (AMU), and PhD in Technology Management and Strategy from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi). 

Iain Begg


Iain Begg is an executive with over 25 years’ experience developing and commercializing software technologies. He has worked in companies ranging from start-up to blue chip, in roles encompassing product management, development and research. Since 2002 he has been heavily involved in visual and data analysis in finance, healthcare and operations for Fortune 500 companies. Iain has an undergraduate degree in Applied Math and Chemistry (University of St. Andrews), and his doctorate is in theoretical plasma physics.

Mike Volker


Mike Volker has more than 40 years’ experience as a high-technology entrepreneur, executive officer, director, investor and advisor to technology-based ventures. He was recently the Executive Director of Simon Fraser University’s Innovation Office. Presently, he is actively managing two angel networks and two angel investment funds and has investments in over 100 companies. >>Complete bio

Gary Wagenheim


In addition to teaching at SFU Beedie, Dr. Gary Wagenheim is adjunct management professor at Aalto University Executive Education. His research, teaching, and consulting interests are reflective practice, individual and organizational change, leadership, and organizational behavior. Dr. Wagenheim received a PhD and an MA in Human and Organizational Systems (Fielding Graduate University), an MBA in Organizational Behavior/ Organizational Change and Development (Syracuse University), and a BS in Business and Management (University of Maryland).

Peter Payne


Peter Payne frequently speaks about the parallels between science and entrepreneurship, the benefits of applying the scientific method to business concepts, and the social and economic impact of technology on Canada. He has established and run a variety of companies and has been involved with government organizations, private and public companies, reverse take-overs, venture capital corporations and not-for-profit groups. He is past Director of Programs at the BC Technology Industry Association, and Executive-in-Residence for health technologies. Peter earned a PhD in Pathology (UBC) and was a Clinical Instructor and Honorary Lecturer at UBC’s Faculty of Medicine.